The process begins with a photograph. I work from several photos to be sure I can accurately document coloring, and facial structure of the subject. I then head to my computer and edit and enhance the photograph. I then draw on a tracing paper overlay to create a pattern. The pattern making process is vital in getting a portrait that captures the subject’s essence. Poor photographs make poor portraits. After the pattern is made, each individual pattern piece is cut out from the appropriate colored 100 % cotton fabric and placed into position. I then machine sew each piece into place on a colored backing. I utilize paint and permanent markers where needed, to create realism. When the piece is perfected, I then make the traditional quilt sandwich and begin quilting.
If you are interested and do not understand what it entails to have a portrait done, it is pretty simple. I need a few good quality pictures (the clearer the picture, the more detail and realism I can achieve), an idea of what types of colors interest you for the background, and the finished size you would like, small, medium or large. The smallest size being 10 x 10, and sizes larger than 30 x 30 are welcomed. The whole process will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks. That’s it!
To start your portrait, a non refundable 50% deposit will be needed. After the work is completed, I will send you a picture of the piece, and the balance due, the total will include your S&H. As these portraits take a significant amount of time to complete and are made to order, cancellations and returns can not be accepted.
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